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The Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wing of the party is only getting bigger. She has already endorsed at least four Democrats with upcoming House primaries in Kansas, Hawaii, Massachusetts, and Florida including two who are challenging incumbents.

  • Ayanna Pressley is running against Rep. Michael Capuano in Massachusetts and is one of at least 43 black women running as Democratic candidates this cycle.
  • Chardo Richardson is facing Rep. Stephanie Murphy in Florida who is a Blue Dog, a coalition of moderate Democrats.

And yesterday she backed Abdul el-Sayed, a Democratic candidate for Michigan governor who is running against the party's preferred choice.

Don't ignore these other insurgent Democratic challengers:

  • Cori Bush, a nurse, ordained pastor and community activist, is running against Rep. Lacy Clay in Missouri. She's pushing for Medicare for All and supports the movement to abolish ICE.
  • Kerri Harris was recently arrested while protesting Trump's immigration policies. She worked at a gas station frying chicken before filing to challenge Delaware's 18-year incumbent Sen. Tom Carper. "There aren’t enough voices in Congress that truly understand the plight of the average person," she told Axios.
  • Sarah Smith, 30, wants to unseat 11-term Rep. Adam Smith in Washington. "I work full time. I manage a mechanic garage. I have student debt," she told her local Fox station. "I'm every person in this district."
  • Kaniela Ing thinks "it's not enough to simply resist Donald Trump," per his website. He's backed by Ocasio-Cortez, supports impeaching POTUS, and he wants to take the incumbent's seat (who is now running for governor).

Riding the wave ... Some candidates are trying to capitalize on the grassroots uprising.

  • The campaign team for Kerri Harris sent out an email the day after Ocasio-Cortez's victory with the subject line: "Let’s make Kerri the next Ocasio!"
  • Two other Democratic women challenging incumbent men in Massachusetts have aligned themselves with Ocasio-Cortez and the NYT says both saw "an uptick in fund-raising and social media interest" after the upset.

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City Council member Andre Dickens wins Atlanta mayoral race

Andre Dickens during a rally at Center Stage on November 28, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

City Council member Andre Dickens won a runoff election Tuesday to become Atlanta's next mayor, soundly beating the council's president Felicia Moore.

The big picture: Dickens was just a few months ago considered to have an outside chance of replacing Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who announced in May that she wouldn't seek a second term.

UN report: Pandemic set to cost global tourism $2 trillion in 2021

A tourist in front of the Eiffel Tower on November 25, 2021 in Paris. Photo:Chesnot/Getty Images

A new United Nations report warns that global tourism will see only modest revenue gains in 2021 after last year's historic losses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why it matters: Tourism revenues in 2020 fell by more than half from the previous year — a significant blow to the global economy, according to analysis by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

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2 federal judges temporarily block Biden vaccine mandates

President Biden delivers remarks on the Omicron COVID-19 variant at the White House on Nov. 29. Photo: Anna Moneymaker via Getty Images

The Biden administration was temporarily blocked from enforcing COVID-19 vaccine mandates for millions of workers by federal judges in two states on Tuesday.

The big picture: The orders, by federal judges in Kentucky and Louisiana, come one day after a federal judge in Missouri halted the mandate, which has a Jan. 4 deadline, in 10 states.